California Wildfire Update: ‘Westworld’ Production Back on, ‘SWAT’ Still Off as Blaze Spreads

Netflix’s “Dear White People” is up and running too, while thousands of acres of land are aflame

After shutting down production in response to nearby wildfires in California on Tuesday, “Westworld” is set to pick up where they left off on Wednesday. Though “S.W.A.T.,” which also halted filming, is still on shutdown for now.

“‘Westworld’ is currently scheduled to resume shooting today,” HBO said in a statement to TheWrap. “The production will have a Fire Safety Officer on set to monitor conditions throughout the day.”

The series shut down shooting early in the day on Tuesday, noting they would “resume filming as soon as it’s safe to do so,” in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

The critically-acclaimed sci-fi series is currently filming its second season, which is slated to premiere in spring 2018.

Production on CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” was also suspended that day due to “unsafe air near our stages,” according to a tweet sent from the CBS series’ writers’ room on Tuesday. “Safety of cast and crew come first. Prayers to all affected by these fires.”

Shooting on the freshman drama, which recently grabbed a full season order, is still down today, TheWrap has confirmed.

Production on Netflix’s series “Dear White People,” which also wrapped early while shooting in Sunland on Tuesday, is back up as well. The set is in a safe location and the show is shooting the last day of the season today, according to a person with knowledge of the production. However, cast and crew members have been urged to put their personal safety first.

The comedy’s stages were far from the flames on Tuesday, but there was some smoke, so the set shut down as a safety precaution.

Both “Westworld” and “S.W.A.T.” are shot in Santa Clarita, California, a location affected by the ongoing Rye Fire, which had already set 7,000 of land ablaze by Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The fire is one of many currently plaguing Southern California, along with Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Creek Fire near Sylmar, which have necessitated the evacuation of thousands of residents. The Santa Ana winds have made combating the fires extremely difficult.

Tony Maglio contributed to this story.